I have devoted my life to both learning and working in Art and Design. My formal training is in Fashion Design with an emphasis on Haute Couture methods and a love for Fashion Illustration, as well as in Multimedia Design and Interior Design.
I’m currently concentrating on making Dear Laurel Art Dolls and designing Cross Stitch Patterns, Original Paintings & Printables, all available in my shop.
My lifelong obsession with Mystical and Magical storytelling and a passion for messages of Women’s Strength and Empowerment sometimes inspires me to write stories to accompany my work.
Dear Laurel, a wise Mystic, represents a woman who resonates with my soul. My musings are written through her enlightened eyes.
I search for empowered women through family lineage
and stories of other strong women in our past history that inspire me.
I search for an ancestor, real or imagined, who would have perhaps been considered a Suffragette, or some semblance of one, possible great-great-great-grandmothers who could have been mistaken for Witches, Healers, Magical Women, Mystics. It’s possible one of them might have even been a Queen.
The last couple of homes we’ve lived in were built in the 1930’s. I search in my current Grand Dames heritage home for the ghosts of women who were Artists and Outliers, like I am today.
Women who believe in a World of Magic and the Power of Wonder, Courage and Strength.
I search with hope to find these mystics who were in power of their own destiny and those who had a will strong enough to stand up against misogyny and patriarchy as I believe to be, again, of the upmost importance today.